Local attorney Charles Black is the city’s go-to guy on the proposed expansion of the Convention Center. He’s also helping a company with a lease on land that’s crucial to the expansion.
Is this a conflict of interest? Councilman David Alvarez, the Council’s resident squeaky wheel, says it is indeed. He’s sounding the alarm about the attorney’s role. But the city, as VOSD’s Ashly McGlone reports, says there’s no problem since Black didn’t provide legal services to the city.
Indeed, the city’s chief operating officer brushed off Alvarez with a memo including this zinger: “Your concern appears to be based on a misunderstanding of both the facts and ethical standards.”
• About 100,000 snippets of body camera video from San Diego-area cops are expected to land in the hands of county prosecutors this year.
No Deal Yet, Chargers Say
No, the Chargers declared Wednesday, they aren’t ready to sign a deal to move to Inglewood and share a stadium with the Rams. A news report via Twitter got some buzz for suggesting they had a deal, but the reporter later clarified that details were still being “hashed out.”
Meanwhile, local officials say they’re happy to work something out with the team, even if that means building a stadium downtown, an option that’s had a rocky reception. But Mayor Kevin Faulconer doesn’t want to throw more taxpayer money at a stadium. (U-T)
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
Rather than suggest a derogatory role of Councilmember Alvarez, wouldn't it be great if our media were the 'squeaky wheel' in this situation? How long has this been known that the attorney representing the city also consults with the city about the property the city itself intends to expand upon? Ugh.